West Ham: Allardyce bemoans lack of signings

By Rob Virtue on January 19, 2014 10:55 PM |

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West Ham failed to emulate the performance from the Cardiff City game last week as they slumped to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Newcastle United at Upton Park on Saturday afternoon.

And gaffer Sam Allardyce said mishaps and mistakes at the back led to the loss, which meant the Hammers have only won one in their last nine games.

Allardyce said: "Our defensive frailties were exposed in the first half. Even with a spirited fight back in the second half, we still couldn't get anything. But we keep out chins up, we've got 16 games to go, and we've got to keep fighting on. It doesn't matter on performances anymore; it's just a matter of results.

"It's very disappointing that with the result at Cardiff, you haven't got anything here and, from our point of view, it was more about our defensive lapses rather than the quality of Newcastle's play. I was watching the Sunderland game earlier on, and at half time I was thinking come on lads do a Sunderland for me, but it didn't happen."

Under-pressure Allardyce also said that it's very hard to get players in, but he and the board are doing all they can to make additions to the squad. He also confirmed the situations with AS Monaco's Lacina Traore and recently-linked Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen.

"We had a terrible day yesterday," said Allardyce. "We thought he (Traore) was signing for us then we found out he wasn't. It's now very unlikely he will be on board. If another team wants him, then they will have to make a separate application for a work permit, but now they know we got it so it's easy for other teams to sign him.

"Under the circumstances of Arsenal, and the position they're in with Champions League and cup matches, they have had to use him, so I don't think there's any chance of getting someone of his quality, but it would be nice if we could."

Midfield maestro, Yohan Cabaye was the star of the show and ran the rule over the Hammers. Just after 20 minutes, the Frenchman gave the Magpies a deserved lead, neatly slotting home past a despairing Adrian after some neat build up play.

The Hammers again failed to deal with the crisp passing shown by Newcastle, and Moussa Sissoko's cross found Loic Remy, who had time to control and calmly dispatched to double the visitors lead.

On the stroke of half time, Carlton Cole bundled the ball past Tim Krul to give West Ham a glimmer of hope at the interval.

With Carlton Cole and Andy Carroll wasting glorious opportunities to level for the East Londoners, Cabaye dealt Big Sam the ultimate sucker punch with his 90th minute curling free kick, which cannoned off the post and in and seal maximum points for the Magpies who notched their first win since Boxing Day.

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